Kubuntu 16.04 LTS Users Receive the Latest KDE Plasma 5.6.4 Desktop, Update Now

Today, Kubuntu and KDE developer Marcin Sągol have announced the availability of the latest KDE Plasma 5.6.4 desktop environment in the special repositories for Kubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) users.

Launched back in April as part of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, the Kubuntu 16.04 LTS officially recognized flavor shipped with the KDE Plasma 5.5 desktop environment and KDE Applications 15.12 software suite.

But the latest version of the KDE Plasma 5 desktop is now 5.6.4, and users have been waiting for it for too long now. Therefore, today we’re happy to inform Kubuntu 16.04 LTS users that the wait is finally over.

They can now install the KDE Plasma 5.6.4 d… (read more)

Manjaro Linux 16.06 RC i3 Community Edition Ships with Linux Kernel 4.4.9 LTS

Oberon, the maintainer of the Manjaro-i3 community flavor of the Arch Linux-based operating system, has announced the availability of the Release Candidate (RC) build of Manjaro Linux 16.06 i3 Edition.

While currently based on the stable branch of the Manjaro Linux distribution, the Release Candidate of Manjaro Linux 16.06 i3 Community Edition is powered by the long-term supported Linux 4.4.9 kernel and built around the i3 4.12 window manager that’s packed with sticky and gaps windows, both of which are optional.

The developer has managed to implement the Urxvt daemon into the upcoming distribution, which will be released in the coming weeks as part of the major Manjaro Linux 16.06 “Daniella” operating system, to provide an optimal terminal performance for those who love the i3 window manager.

Highly tweaked i3 environment with numerous apps

As expected, the … (read more)

GNOME Foundation: Board of Directors Elections 2016 – Candidacy – Shaun McCance

Name: Shaun McCance
Email: shaunm< at >gnome.org
Affiliation: Red Hat

I'm announcing my candidacy for reelection to the Board of Directors
this year. I've served three non-contiguous terms. I served two terms
from 2011 to 2013 as treasurer, and I've served from 2015 to now, and
am the current president.

I am a long-time GNOME contributor. I was the GNOME documentation lead
from 2003 to 2013, and I continue to maintain various documentation
tools. I love GNOME, and I try to contribute however I can, despite my
job involving work on other types of projects.

I do work for Red Hat, though I do not work in the group that works on
GNOME. Red Hat has been very supportive of my work on the Board, for
which I am grateful.

If elected, I do not intend to seek the position of president again. My
travel schedule has interfered with my ability to chair meetings on
more than a few occasions. I'd like to see somebody else take on that


Apache Guru Behlendorf to Helm Hyperledger Project

The Linux Foundation on Thursday announced that Brian Behlendorf, a primary developer of the Apache Web server and a founding member of the Apache Software Foundation, has joined the Hyperledger Project as executive director. The project is a collaborative effort to advance blockchain technology by identifying and addressing important features for an open standard for distributed ledgers that will apply across industries. It aims to transform how businesses transactions are conducted worldwide.

Distribution Release: Calculate Linux 15.17

The Calculate Linux project has announced a new version of their Gentoo-based distribution. The new release, Calculate Linux 15.17, features the KDE Plasma 5 desktop, faster compression via XZ and the default Python version is 3.4. “We are happy to announce the release of Calculate Linux 15.17. Calculate….

Android Lollipop sucks at security, says researcher

Skycure security researcher Yair Amit has revealed a chained Android attack path that will greatly enhance attackers’ ability to compromise 1.34 billion devices, or 95 percent of those in use.
The Accessibility Clickjacking attack exploits flaws in protections for Android’s accessibility and draw-over-apps features to allow attackers to hijack devices.
The two features are popular in mobile malware, some of which regularly passes Google’s security checks to make it on the official Play Store.
Amit’s attack is a much more polished and capable demonstration of how those features can be abused to compromise modern and old handsets.
It has been updated since its initial disclosure in March after Amit and colleague Elisha Eshed discovered it applied to updated Android Lollipop version 5 devices, the most popular of all Android platforms, and affected an additional 840 million devices.
It means a covert malicious application could create an opaque overlay image and prompt users to click on specific seemingly-benign areas. Doing so would trigger a process behind the image that would open and activate accessibility settings.
Google tried to fix the flaw by blocking overlays of the accessibility OK button but Amit has found it can still be clicked.

Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/19/accessibility_clickjacking_exploit/
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Calibre 2.57 eBook Management Software Adds Driver for the BQ Cervantes 3 Reader

Calibre developer Kovid Goyal has just announced today, May 20, 2016, a new version of his outstanding ebook library management software for all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

Calibre 2.57 comes approximately one month after the release of Calibre 2.56, and we were a little worried about the fact that no new Calibre version was announced during all this time. Especially since we were used to getting weekly updates of the open-source and cross-platform software everyone is using to manage their ebooks.

But the wait was worth it, as Calibre 2.57 introduces some exciting new features, such as a new driver for the BQ Cervantes 3 ebook reader, allowing owners of this device to connect it to the Calibre ebook library manager and upload books to it. Also, it looks like the “Generate cover” feature has received a new “Ornamental” cover design… (read more)

Flock 2016, the Annual Fedora Linux Conference, to Take Place August 2-5

Flock 2016 is the event of the year for anyone involved in the development process of the highly acclaimed Fedora Linux operating system sponsored by the Red Hat giant.

The wait is almost over for Fedora developers and contributors who want to attend this year’s Flock conference to share their knowledge and plans for the next major release of the Linux kernel-based operating system, Fedora 25.

This year, Flock is taking place between August 2 and 5, in Kraków, Poland, and the entire schedule has been published earlier today, May 20, 2016, by ex-Fedora Project leader and chairperson of the Fedora Project Board, Mr. Paul W. Frields.

Each year, the Fedora Project team decided on a new location for the annual Flock conference for Fedora developers and contributors, such as the Middle East, North America, Africa, and Europe. So, after two years, Flock is once again hosted in Europe this y… (read more)

Flock 2016 schedule is now out

The Flock 2016 schedule is now available! You can see all the sessions and speakers here on Sched.org.

Each year, the Fedora community holds several premier events in different regions of the world. One of these is Flock, a conference for Fedora contributors in North America and Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. This year Flock is in Europe — Kraków, Poland to be exact, from August 2-5.

The first two days are chock full of presentation sessions. The third and fourth days are packed with practical workshops and panels. As always, there are lots of opportunities to learn and participate with fellow Fedora contributors and experts.

One of the best things about Flock is the ability to meet up with contributors in other teams. Hearing the experiences of contributors outside our own area gives us new perspectives and ideas. Being able to exchange those ideas with people face to face is a fantastic gift. That’s why Flock is such an energized and special event.

It’s also a very educational conference. This year’s schedule includes a variety of topics, from technology to community building:

  • Building a Better Distro
  • Growing the Fedora Userbase
  • Making Life Better for Contributors
  • Prepared Lightning Talks
  • Team Planning
  • Hackfests
  • Drop-in Clinics
  • Open hardware
  • …and more!

Pre-registration is still open, even if the call for submissions has ended. You can sign up here on the official site and become part of the excitement and learning.

Planners are discussing how to share content via recording and remote participation. More information will be available about that before the conference. But in the meantime, we hope you’ll consider joining us in Kraków in person for all the fun!

You can read more about Flock on the official web site. Don’t forget to pre-register now!

Image courtesy Qvidemus – originally posted to Wikipedia as Kraków, sukiennice, 1344-1392, 1557-1559, 1875-1879

Development: GNOME 3.21.2 unstable tarballs due (responsible: jjardon)

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2016-05-23 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.21.2
unstable release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. Modules which
were proposed for inclusion should try to follow the unstable schedule
so everyone can test them.  Please make sure that your tarballs will
be uploaded before Monday 23:59 UTC: tarballs uploaded later than that
will probably be too late to get in 3.21.2. If you are not able to
make a tarball before this deadline or if you think you'll be late,
please send a mail to the release team and we'll find someone to roll
the tarball for you!

For more information about 3.21, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful 3.21

For a quick overview of the GNOME schedule, please see:


Kindred Spirits Trailer | Podcast – Guthix Lore

Check out the chilling trailer to Monday’s new Barrows quest which continues Sliske’s Endgame.

Kindred Spirits Trailer | Podcast – Guthix Lore

Check out the chilling trailer to Monday’s new Barrows quest which continues Sliske’s Endgame.

Pinguy OS Developer Wants to Pull the Plug On His Ubuntu-Based Operating System

Just a few minutes ago, Antoni Norman, the developer of the Ubuntu-based Pinguy OS GNU/Linux operating system wrote a short blog post on the distro’s website to inform the community that he wants to pull the plug on the entire project.

If you never heard of Pinguy OS yet, we can tell you that it is a pretty decent Linux kernel-based, desktop-oriented operating system usually based on the latest LTS (Long Term Support) version of the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution. For example, the current version, Pinguy OS 14.04.4, is based on Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS (Trusty Tahr).

Well, all good things must come to an end, and it looks like Mr. Norman is about to take the hardest decision of his life and close shop, of course, mostly due to financial problems. “It costs me more to run than I get from the project. The project is a sink hole,” said Antoni Norman on today’s anno… (read more)

Nvidia 367.18 Beta Graphics Drivers Released for Linux, No GTX 1080 Support Yet

Just a few minutes ago, May 19, 2016, Nvidia released a new Beta graphics driver for Unix operating systems, the first in the upcoming 367.x series, supporting Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris platforms.

The Nvidia 367.18 Beta proprietary graphics driver is all about bug fixes, patching many of the breadcrumbs left from 364 driver series, the latest short-lived version, which users can install for their GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris operating systems as an alternative to the long-lived 361 branch (the recommended version of the driver).

As expected, most of the changes are implemented in the Linux version of the driver, and, among the most important additions, we can mention the addition of the NV_robustness_video_memory_purge extension, allowing OpenGL apps to become aware of purged contents of BOs and FBOs that reside in the GPU memory, during power events or mode switching…. (read more)

Linux Kernel 3.14.70 LTS Updates the Networking Stack and GPU Drivers

After announcing earlier today, May 19, 2016, the availability of Linux kernel 4.5.5 and Linux kernel 4.4.11 LTS, renowned kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman informed the community about the release of Linux kernel 3.14.70 LTS.

The Linux 3.14 kernel series is a long-term supported one, which will receive security fixes and small improvements for a couple of months, until August 2016, when it will reach end of life. The truth is that the last few maintenance release for this kernel series have been very meager in content, and Linux kernel 3.14.70 LTS is no different.

Looking at the appended shortlog attached by Greg Kroah-Hartman to … (read more)

Webconverger 35 Switches to Linux Kernel 4.5, Adds Firefox 46 with GTK3 Support

Webconverger, a Debian-based GNU/Linux operating system whose main design goal is to distribute a fully functional and controlled web kiosk platform, has been updated today to version 35.1.

There are many Linux kernel-based distributions out there that claim to offer a powerful web kiosk system for use in offices or Internet cafes, but Webconverger is among the most popular ones, and it is based on the almighty Debian GNU/Linux operating system.

A new major update has been released today, May 19, 2016, Webconverger 35.1, which comes exactly three months after the release of Webconverger 34.0, built around the latest Mozilla Firefox 46.0 web browser with GTK3 integration and finally adopting the Linux 4.5 kernel from Debian backports.

The implementation of Linux kernel 4.5 in Webconverger will provide for better hardware support, which means that you will be ab… (read more)

Distribution Release: Webconverger 35.1

The Webconverger project has released a new version of its Debian-based web kiosk distribution. The new release, Webconverger 35.1, features better hardware support (courtesy of the Linux 4.5 kernel), Firefox 46 and various security updates. This release also introduces a commercial aspect: “From yesterday, configuring a device requires….

New Tool Promises to Help You Create Your Own Arch Linux Package Repositories

There’s a new tool out there that we would like to introduce to our Arch Linux power users who are already familiar with the complexities of AUR packaging and maintaining.

While digging through the Internet, we’ve discovered the arch-ppa utility, which appeared on GitHub a few weeks ago, created by Ryan McGuire, promising to help you create and maintain a personal Arch Linux package repository that is secure and safe for users to use.

Think of arch-ppa like a DIY PPA (Personal Package Archive), in the style PPAs are used on the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system, but hosted by you, on your own terms, either locally or on a server that you have access to and they allow you to distribute packages to hundreds of thousands of possible Arch Linux users.

arch-ppa was created because AUR is not all that secure

arch-ppa developer Ryan McGuire says that he created this utility to help the Arch Linux personal packaging ecosystem be more secure than it i… (read more)

Ubuntu Core Now Ready for Screenly, a Digital Signage Solution for Raspberry Pi

Canonical has announced a partnership with Screenly to bring the Snappy Ubuntu Core operating system to the world’s most popular digital signage solution for the Raspberry Pi.
As many of you are already aware from our previous coverage, Snappy Ubuntu Core is a slimmed-down version of the Ubuntu Linux operating system, engineered by Canonical for deployments on a broad range of embedded and IoT (Internet of Things) devices, such as Raspberry Pi single-board computers.
Currently, Canonical provides developers and IoT enthusiasts with binary images of the Snappy Ubuntu Core operating system only for the Raspberry Pi 2 SBC, but images for the recently released Raspberry Pi 3 Model B are in the works and will be released later this year, most probably along with the Snappy Ubuntu Core 16 build.
Screenly is the most popular digital signage solution for the Raspberry Pi, and it looks like they recently joined forces with Canonical to build their infrastructure around the Snappy Ubuntu Core operating system, offering their customers a secure, stable, easy-to-use, robust, and simple-to-manage digital signage platform for Raspberry Pi boards.

Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/ubuntu-core-now-ready-for-screenly-a-digital-signage-solution-for-raspberry-pi-504200.shtml
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

BSD Release: pfSense 2.3.1

Chris Buechler has announced the release of pfSense 2.3.1, an updated version of the project’s FreeBSD-based operating system designed for firewalls and routers. This is minor bug-fix release, although it also includes a number of important security updates: “We are happy to announce the release of pfSense software….